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Open for Debate, Thanks to Bush
By Tom Benning
October 22, 2012
A little over two weeks before Election Day, a debate hall hummed Sunday with repartee over government regulations, economic growth and trade between the U.S. and China. That discourse was part of the first high school economic debate competition hosted this weekend by former President George W. Bush and his policy institute. More than 100 students competed in the event co-hosted by St. Mark’s School of Texas and the Dallas Urban Debate Alliance. Competition, of course, was top of mind for many students. And Ayush, 15, won the economic debate title — and a $2,000 college scholarship — by successfully debating against the argument that private property rights are necessary for strong economic growth. But many students — and particularly those from North Texas — also spoke of the unique opportunity to meet the former president and debate in front of high-profile judges, including former White House counsel Harriet Miers and economist Roberto Salinas-León. “It was people who weren’t just involved in normal policy debate, but who are involved in actual law and government,” said Stephanie Jimenez, a senior at Skyline High School. “That was really interesting.” Read the full article here.
TARIFFIED: Trade Talk with Matthew Rooney
This week, trade relations between the U.S. and India are continuing to escalate. Earlier this month, the U.S. stopped granting India special trade privileges by taking away the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program, and India has responded by enforcing more tariffs of its own. The George W. Bush-SMU Economic Growth Initiative Director Matthew Rooney breaks down the trade conflict: For more information on trade groups and the global economy, visit www.bushcenter.org/scorecard.
How Trade Spreads Holiday Cheer
It is projected that the average American household will spend more than $1,000 during the holidays this year.
Deporting Salvadorans May Lead to Economic Decline
We should think carefully about a policy whose major impacts are likely to be reductions in employment and economic activity here at home, and increased instability and lawlessness along our borders.
Bush Institute's Laura Collins Talks Immigration on Good Morning Texas
Last week, Deputy Director of Economic Growth at the George. W. Bush Institute Laura Collins spoke with Good Morning Texas about immigration myths. During the interview, Collins had the opportunity to set the record straight and address common misconceptions about legal immigrants living in America today. The segment was inspired from facts released earlier this fall by the Bush Institute in the third edition of America's Advantage: A Handbook on Immigration and Economic Growth. Watch the full Good Morning Texas interview here.